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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Augustus Kreisel is a native of Benton County, Mo., was born January 29, 1867, and is the son of Eugene J. and Anna C. (Freund) Kreisel, and grandson of Christopher Kreisel, a native of France, who settled in Benton County in 1838, and was among the earliest settlers of the county. Eugene J. Kreisel was also a native of France, and was but nine years of age when he came with his father to Missouri. He was reared in Benton County, and there married Miss Freund, who was of French and German parentage. He was a miller by trade, and built two mills in the county with the assistance of his father. This business he has followed nearly his whole life. He served a short time in the Home Guards during the late unpleasantness between the North and South, and was postmaster for a brief period at his mill. He died November 19, 1887. He was a member of the Masonic order. His wife survives him. In their family are five sons and one daughter, all grown, married and the heads of families with the exception of Augustus Kreisel, who is the youngest of the family. All are living in Benton County. Augustus Kreisel attained his growth in this county, and received a good education in the common schools of the community. He then began clerking at Sedalia, in 1885, with C. E. Ilgenfritz in the hardware business, and remained in that capacity for a year and a half when he returned home and took a winter term of school. The following summer was spent on a farm adjoining Cole Camp, and in the fall and winter he taught a short term of school held in the same house where was had his first school experience. When the session closed he resumed clerking, and entered the general merchandise store of L. Schroeder, at Cole Camp, in 1888, and there he has since remained. He is a wide-awake, thorough-going young man, and his prospects are bright. The family are members of the German Lutheran Church.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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